TRADITIONS & TRANSITIONS: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH ART FROM THE HORVITZ COLLECTION.
Ed. by Alvin L. Clark, Jr.
Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, 2017. Published by Horvitz Collection, Boston.
702 pp. with 735 ills. (307 col.). 31 x 25 cm.
"This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue provide the visitor and reader with an exploration of the "tradition and transitions" of manners and themes that formed and shifted throughout the art of eighteenth-century France. Examples of works that reveal both the concurrent and successive styles of the long eighteenth-century of French draftsmanship from Charles de La Fosse and Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet at the end of the seventeenth century to the genesis of the Rococo, which took the French School to its early maturity. Their students, particularly Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Hubert Robert, benefited from and greatly expanded upon this rich inheritance as some of their contemporaries simultaneously searched for a new, less florid mode of expression that eventually led to the Neoclassicism of Jacques-Louis David and his generation in the closing decades of the century.
The wealth of this collection enables visitors to see a full array of the art made within these successive generations by well-known masters as well as by lesser-known artists who were often considered to be their equals in their own time. It also reveals the large variety of regional styles from artists working in important centers other than Paris. Although a large proportion of the drawings in the present exhibition is related to various stages in the genesis and presentation of complex historical, religious, and mythological works considered to be at the apex of the academic hierarchy, the variety of different kinds of drawings in The Horvitz Collection (academic studies, portraits, designs for book illustrations, genre, landscapes, and animal and nature studies) is reflected in both the show and in the catalogue's appendix. Additionally, for the first time, this exhibition also includes a selection of paintings and sculptures that provides an opportunity to highlight this less well-known aspect of the collection."
THE LASTING WORLD: SIMON DINNERSTEIN AND THE FULBRIGHT TRIPTYCH.
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2017. Published by First Street Editions, Brooklyn.
68 pp. with 38 col. ills. 30 x 27 cm.
"The Fulbright Triptych is a richly detailed, collageIlike composite of family portrait, still life and landscape, as well as a meditation on the creation of art. Complex and boundary crossing, figurative and modernist, it deals with issues of process and perception, incorporates high and low art, and has multiple allusions to visual memory and identity. Its imagery (all executed in oil on wood panel) encompasses works by Ingres, Holbein, van Eyck, Bellini and Seurat, as well as children's art and photographs.
This monumental painting, which measures 14 feet by almost 7 feet, was begun in 1971, when the artist was living in Germany on a Fulbright Grant. It took him three years to complete and has long been considered by many to be a masterpiece of American art."